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Poster: BornEasement Date: Aug 19, 2009 5:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 70 v 80

question... do you fellas take available sound quality into account with these kinds of inquiries?

not that 70 is necessarily worse when it comes to that than 80, just that on a whole it can impact our perception of what went down...

Ciaran Carson (anyone else read him?) argues that a live recording (his specialty is Irish trad. but i think many of his thoughts apply to the dead) is never a whole representation of a performance, just one angle on it. Even supremely clear recordings can never transfer the smells, sights, and tastes of BEING at a place at a certain time.

He discusses the concept of conviviality and the common soul at play within improvisational music... when I read that my music player went straight for Dark Star... Thoughts?

sorry... didn't mean to go all out there...

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Aug 19, 2009 6:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 70 v 80

i suppose i can be guilty of that with certain shows or questions of this nature. when i hear a show of questionable sound quality, i find it hard to think of it as a good show since, at that moment of listening, it doesnt sound good. the show then carries a, oftentimes unwarranted, negative connotation in my memory (or what is left of it.)

however, the reverse tends to not be as consistently true. a "bad" show, even if the sound quality is pristine, is often remembered as a bad show (to me.)


(damn, kinda makes me a sound-whore dont it?)